Stanton disappoint in defeat

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Stanton hosted second-placed Uttoxeter on Saturday and produced one of their worst displays for several seasons.

Stanton were inserted and were soon 24-4 as Uttoxeter’s openers Adam Johnson and Michael Skelham bowled a good opening spell.

Stanton became 67-7 before drinks as Skelham claimed five wickets and Johnson two from their overs.

Only Richard Barnes offered any resilience and made the most of his reprieve having been bowled off a no-ball.

Dan Dakin offered stubborn resistance and shared a 15-over stand with Barnes before he was eighth man out at 109.

Barnes eventually fell for 75 when he was caught behind, and Martin Case was last out with the score at 139 in the final over to give wicket keeper Mick Hall his fourth victim, Skelham taking 5-48 and Jan Kasperowicz 3-11.

Uttoxeter lost opener Hayes for one which brought in Mick Hall to join Ian Bailey, before Bailey was bowled for 38.

Hall was joined by Gavin Hall and they took Uttoxeter to an eight wicket victory in the 24th over, Mick Hall 60 not out and Gavin Hall 25 not out.

Stanton’s second XI played at Nutbrook on Saturday and the hosts won the toss and batted.

Opener bowled Paul Daws bowled well with no luck to finish with 1-27.

Wickets fell regularly during the innings as only Gary Whitehead with 34 and Gary Woods 43 offered any resistance.

Nutbrook’s innings closed at 155-8. Tom Henshaw took 3-57, Neil Sanderson 1-22 and Franklin Henshaw 1-26, Stanton also helped by two run outs.

Stanton’s reply started and openers Dave Coy and Ash Goring put on 57 in nine overs before Coy was out for 15.

Ross Coy then came in to bat and together with Goring shared an undefeated stand of 102 in 14 overs as Elks finished at 159-1 in the 23rd over to win by nine wickets, Goring ending 68 not out and Coy 56 not out.